Dozens of President Trump officials lack full security clearance

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President Donald Trump reacted to allegations that his former staff secretary Rob Porter abused two of his ex-wives, lamenting that accusations often amount to the end of one's career in today's media environment.

His two ex-wives gave their accounts of abuse to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a routine background check, which meant that by 2017, Trump administration officials - including Kelly - had known "Porter was facing troubles in obtaining his security clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them", CNN previously reported.

Sorensen's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, said "that during her marriage to Sorensen, he ran a auto over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine's coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life".

Speechwriter David Sorensen was confronted by officials, White House says.

Mr Sorensen told the Post that he "had never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life". "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent, so you have to talk to him about that, but we absolutely wish him well - he did a very good job when he was at the White House".

Mr. Porter resigned this week after news broke that he was accused of abusing two former wives during their marriages. He had denied the allegations and alleged that he "was the victim of repeated physical violence" during his marriage. Responding to a Facebook message Friday evening, Sorensen called his former wife "creative" and later emailed a lengthy statement disputing her account.

In the wake of the scandal, reports had surfaced over the weekend that Kelly had offered to resign, but the White House made a decision to keep him on.

If Kelly is the upstanding man many of us believed him to be, he owes us an explanation and a honest apology.

Like many conservatives who support much of President Donald Trump's policy agenda but abhor the man, I was hopeful when John Kelly replaced a weak Reince Priebus to become a strong chief of staff to an undisciplined president. The pattern's there - Trump defended Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and Roy Moore - saying things like, 'They denied it, you have to listen to that, ' another user said. Trump was not consulted when Hicks and several other aides drafted a White House statement defending Porter, and he was under the impression that Hicks had let her relationship with Porter cloud her judgment, a source familiar with the matter said.

The episode has thrust Trump's senior-most aides, many of whom have already been embroiled in controversy related to special counsel Robert Mueller 3rd's Russian Federation investigation, into yet another crisis.

He later issued a statement condemning domestic violence and saying he was "shocked" by the new allegations. He did a very good job in the White House.

"He says that General Kelly - he's doing a great job and that he has full faith in him and I think he looks at the full measure of all of us", Conway added.

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short echoed Conway's comments on "Meet the Press", and disputed reports that Kelly had offered to resign.

"I think the president is shaped by a lot of false accusations against him in the past", said Short.

Officials were reportedly aware of the abuse claims months ago, which surfaced during his background check for security clearance in June.

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